Environmental News Highlights – February 7, 2024


FHWA Releases Grants for Electric Truck Chargers -Transport Topics

US politicians unite across party lines over e-bike battery regulation -Cycling Weekly

Can a National Zoning Atlas Chart a Way Out of the US Housing Crisis? –CityLab

FAA Announces Nearly $250 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding to Modernize Airports in 37 States -FAA (media release)

To fight climate change, micromobility is a better option than overpriced transit projects -The Hill (opinion)



NCDOT Seeks Information on New Mobility Technologies -AASHTO Journal

Maps, data show how near-term climate change could affect major port cities on America’s East Coast -CBS News

Arizona DOT seeks bids to construct 21 electric vehicle charging stations -Queen Creek Sun Times

Climate change is causing a pothole plague. Are robots and self-healing pavement the solution? -BBC News



Truck Makers Launch Zero-Emission Infrastructure Coalition -Transport Topics



Equity Engagement for Transportation Agencies -AASHTO Journal (video)

Meet the woman in charge of Chicago’s fight against pollution, environmental injustice -WLS-TV

Montana State University Gets $10M for Tribal, Rural Energy and Environmental Justice -Native News Online



FAA: Bird strikes growing concern for commercial, private aircraft –InvestigateTV

Solar fence stops snow and generates electricity -Minnesota Public Radio

Fish and Wildlife: Restoring coastal wetlands and building coastal resiliency -Dredging Today

Restored Wetland Emits Unexpected Levels of Greenhouse Gas –AzoCleantech


Damage To Ancient Sites May Scuttle Southeast Mesa, Arizona Railway -Queen Creek Tribune


Indiana DOT forwards new rail crossing safety measures -WTHI-TV

Minnesota Awards Active Transportation Grants -KEYC-TV

KDOT Grants Funding Active Transportation Alternatives -WDAF-TV

$500M Dallas transportation bond proposal devotes less than 2% to ‘Vision Zero’ road safety plan -KXAS-TV

Biking In Cities Can Be So Complicated, And Map Apps Can Only Help So Much –Marketplace

Transit Desperately Needs Innovation. Why Pick on Microtransit? -CityLab (perspective)


Container Port Landside Congestion Experiences and Solutions -TRB (webinar)

An Emergency Management Playbook for State Transportation Agencies –NCHRP

Traffic safety for all road users: A paired comparison study of small & mid-sized U.S. cities with high/low bicycling rate -Journal of Cycling and Micromobility Research


Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge Project -FHWA (Notice)

Notice of Availability: Joint Development Circular C 7050.1C and Response to Comments -FTA (Notice)

Shipping Safety Fairways Environmental Impact Public Scoping Meetings -Coast Guard (Notice)

Air Plan Approval; Florida; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan Conformity Rule -EPA (Proposed rule)

Public Meeting of the Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science -U.S. Geological Survey (Notice)

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council; Withdrawal -USDA (Notice of meeting; withdrawal)

Environmental News Highlights – January 31, 2024


USDOT Issues $4.9B in Infrastructure Project Grants -AASHTO Journal

US House Advances Bill to Protect Moving Privacy -Transport Topics

No, the federal government isn’t banning funny highway signs –Verify

USDOT Gives Truck Parking Projects $292 Million in Grants -Transport Topics


Airports are finally back to their pre-pandemic normal, Fitch says -Route Fifty



The Fight Over Building Denser Housing Near Transit In Washington State -Washington State Standard

Train-tunnel idea faces fresh scrutiny from Broward amid fierce transportation debate -South Florida Sun Sentinel

West Virginia Division Of Highways Discusses Rollout For The State’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan –MetroNews

Federal Grant Advances Plans for California’s First Wind Port in Humboldt -The Maritime Executive

Pennsylvania’s First EV Charging Station Completed Under Federal Program Opened, One of the First States to Reach this Milestone -Pennsylvania DOT (media release)



NJ Transit scraps plan for gas-fired backup power plant, heartening environmental justice advocates –AP

Hydrogen Is Still a Heavy Lift for Clean Transportation -Government Technology

Low-carbon flights are approaching. Will airports be ready? -Ground Support Worldwide



What is environmental racism and what can we do about it -University of Toronto

Dialogue on Disability: How to eliminate barriers to accessible housing and transportation -WXXI Radio’s Connections

Crosswalk Visibility Is a Safety and Equity Issue -The Elm

Tribal Sovereignty: A Step Toward Environmental Justice – National Resources Council of Maine (blog)

MDOT and OFME seeks proposals for Michigan $15 Million Equitable Mobility Challenge -Michigan DOT (media release)



Electrified Barriers Installed on Top of Wildlife Guards To Help Keep Large Wild Mammals out of a Fenced Road Corridor -Montana Department of Transportation

Oil field road traffic disrupts North Slope caribou more than previously recognized -Alaska Beacon


Share Your Historic Route 66 Story! -National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Settles Federal Lawsuit Over Bike Path -Marin Independent Journal

Colorado Governor Announces Partnership Between CDOT’s Bustang and X Games -Longmont Leader

Yes, Paris has its own bicycle hearse –Momentum

Portugal home to the oldest traffic sign in the world -Portugal News


Baltimore’s bike infrastructure is slowly becoming safer for bicyclists, pedestrians -WJZ-TV

Tampa’s Vision Zero Initiative Gaining National Attention -Tampa Free Press

PA Department of Health Announces Grant Opportunities to Make Communities More Pedestrian-Friendly -Pennsylvania Department of Health (media release)


Container Port Landside Congestion Experiences and Solutions -TRB (webinar)

Evaluation of Change and Clearance Intervals Prior to the Flashing Yellow Arrow Permissive Left-Turn Indication –NCHRP

How AI is Shaping Weather Research and Forecasting: An Interview with Amy McGovern -National Academies

Community-Driven Relocation: Recommendations for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region and Beyond -National Academies

How Are E-Scooter Speed-Limiter Settings Associated with User Behavior? Observed Speeds and Road, Sidewalk, and Bike Lane Use in Austin, TX, and Washington, D.C. -Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board


Federal Share Flexibility Pilot ProgramFHWA (Notice)

National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council – Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

Shipping Safety Fairways Along the Atlantic Coast -Coast Guard (Notice of intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement; notice of virtual and in- person scoping meetings; and request for comments)

National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee; March 2024 Meeting -Coast Guard (Notice)

Construction Related Relief Concerning Operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport, March 31, 2024, Through October 26, 2024 -FAA (Notification of limited waiver of the slot usage requirement)

Public Meeting of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group -Bureau of Reclamation (Notice)

National Historic Landmark Nuclear Ship Savannah Available; Request for Information; Period Extension -Maritime Administration, (Notice of vessel availability and request for information period extension)

Environmental News Highlights – January 24, 2024


State DOTs Outline Ongoing ‘Moonshot Project’ Efforts -AASHTO Journal

TRB Plenary: The Mental Health Needs of Transportation –AASHTO Journal

Supreme Court case could limit executive power on climate, energy –Axios

Governors propose spending billions on overdue infrastructure projects -Route Fifty

EPA Launches Regional Roadshows for Climate Change, Environmental Justice -Waste 360

DOE Announces $34 Million to Improve the Reliability, Resiliency, and Security of America’s Power Grid -US Department of Energy (media release)



NY Congestion Pricing Plan Violates US Constitution, NJ Governor Says –CityLab

North Dakota DOT to build EV charging stations -WZFG Radio

A rising tide of infrastructure funding floats new hope for Great Lakes shipping –NPR

Recycled Roadways That Charge EVs Are Closer Than You Think -Government Technology

How innovations in sustainable engineering are shaping the energy systems. -ET Energyworld (opinion)



US air pollution rates on the decline, but pockets of inequities remain -Columbia University

How safe is the air? Here’s how to check and what the numbers mean -WUSA-TV



TRB Session: Protecting for Vulnerable Road Users -AASHTO Journal

America’s Biggest Universal Basic Mobility Experiment Is Taking Place in L.A. -Next City

EV Infrastructure Falls Behind in Rural, Northern Canadian Communities -The Energy Mix

Ten years into Vision Zero, NYC grapples with lack of infrastructure for e-bikes -WNYC Radio

Achieving Inclusivity, Sustainability and Connectivity with BRT Systems -Complete Corridors Conversations (blog)



Michigan using some ARPA money to conserve wetlands to help reduce cyanobacterial blooms -Michigan Public



Buttigieg Compares Current EV Charger Push To 1930s New Deal Airport Boom –Jalopnik

National Trust For Historic Preservation Launches the Preserve Route 66: Share Your Story Campaign -KAMR/KCIT-TV

To Ease Housing Crunch, Theme Parks Are Becoming Homebuilders –CityLab

Will long-term operation of constructed wetlands become a source of pollution itself? -Frontiers Journals

Saint Petersburg, Russia Metro Offers Architectural Lessons for American Transit -The Urbanist



The Best New US Bike Lanes of 2023 -People for Bikes

Town of Ladysmith, BC eyes active transportation requirements at future developments -Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle



Transportation for People with Disabilities and Older Adults in COVID-19 -TRB (webinar)

Homelessness: A Guide for Public Transportation –TCRP

200 US cities will fall short of sustainable energy goals despite pledging to transition by 2050, says study -Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability



Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail -Advisory Council/Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

Marine and Coastal Area-Based Management Advisory Committee Meeting -National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Notice of open public meeting)

Shipping Safety Fairways Along the Atlantic Coast -Coast Guard (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC); Notice of Public Meeting -EPA (Notice of meeting)


Environmental News Highlights – January 17, 2024


FHWA Issues $623M in Charging/Fueling Grants -AASHTO Journal

$32.5 Million in Funding to Advance Transportation Electrification in USA –CleanTechnica

What you need to know to access the $14 billion from the EPA’s National Clean Investment Fund –GreenBiz


Idaho governor sets school buildings, water infrastructure and transportation as top priorities –AP

LA on a Mission to Electrify Transportation By the 2028 Olympics -Government Technology

California Pushes Electric Trucks as the Future of Freight -New York Times

Maryland Governor Joins U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Partners to Announce $15 Million in Funding for New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across Maryland -State of Maryland (media release)



How 3 states are attacking carbon emissions from transportation -Smart Cities Dive

Embracing the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule, or Not? -Advanced Clean Tech News

Ohio Law Bans State Adoption of California Emission Rules -Transport Topics

Electric school buses are a breath of fresh air for children –Grist

Separating myth from reality on climate change -Aspen Daily News



Colorado’s environmental justice efforts need a boost from lawmakers, advocates say -KCDO-TV

Hawaiʻi Seaglider Initiative hopes to provide low cost, accessible kamaʻāina transportation -Kauai Now



How clean is the upper Mississippi River? New report finds signs of improvement and emerging threats -Milwuakee Journal Sentinel


No joke: Feds are banning humorous electronic messages on highways –AP


NYCDOT’s “Smart Curbs” Test on Upper West Side Will Pit Car Owners Against Bikes and Pedestrians -West Side Spirit

Chicago panel gets earful about need for greater bicycle safety -WBBM Radio

Richmond Bridge Bike Path Has an Amazing View – and an Uncertain Future -KQED Radio


Public Health Research and Surveillance Priorities from the East Palestine Train Derailment Proceedings of a Workshop – in Brief -National Academies


National Maritime Security Advisory Committee; February 2024 Meeting -United States Coast Guard (Notice of open Federal advisory committee meeting)

Request for Nominations for the Working Group on Covered Resources to the Federal Highway Administration -FHWA (Notice)

Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Restoration Plan 4 and Environmental Assessment: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Nutrient Reduction (Nonpoint Source); and Provide and Enhance … -Natural Resources Conservation Service (Notice of availability)

Solicitation for Annual Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award -Office of the Secretary of Transportation (Notice)

Restoration Planning To Address 1999 Oregon-Washington Coast Mystery Oil Spill -Fish and Wildlife Service (Notice of intent to conduct restoration planning)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Expected Wind Energy Development in the New York Bight – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for Commercial Wind Lease Issuance and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia -Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments)

Environmental Management Advisory Board -Office of Environmental Management, DOE (Notice of renewal)


Environmental News Highlights – January 10, 2024


AASHTO Seeks to Defer ‘Buy America’ Rules for EV Systems -AASHTO Journal

AASHTO Comments on Proposed Air Quality Rule Changes -AASHTO Journal

The Climate Lawsuit Three Presidents Tried to Kill Is Finally Going to Court –Heatmap

Want More Transit (and Federal Funding)? Build Housing That Supports It –CityLab

The Electric-Vehicle Transition Is Quietly Surging Ahead -American Prospect

The Invisible Railroad Problem -Trains (analysis)



Why Cities Are Turning to Climate Change Dashboards -Government Technology

Electric vehicle sales are slowing. No need for panic yet, insiders say. -ABC News

Wyoming DOT gauges interest in electric vehicle charging stations -Wyoming News Exchange

Critical Infrastructure Is Sinking Along the US East Coast –Wired

Wider bike lanes (and no more door-zones!) coming to N Willamette this year –BikePortland



How Google Is Using AI To Help Seattle Reduce Traffic And Emissions -CBS Evening News

California’s Plan to Phase Out Gasoline-Only Vehicles Faces Regulatory Review -Motor Mouth

The Regulation of Air Pollution That Crosses State Borders -Columbia University (opinion)



New York City union sues to block city congestion pricing plan –Reuters

Improving Transportation Equity for all by Centering the Needs of Marginalized and Underserved Communities -Minnesota DOT (report)

Alabama TSA Officer Brightens Deaf Community’s Travel Experience -TSA (media release)



WSDOT Project Deters Debris Flows from Burn Areas -AASHTO Journal


Transforming the Santa Monica Airport Into a Great Park –Planetizen

Golden Gate Bridge’s Suicide Net Is Finally Complete –AP

Transportation Agencies and Partners Address Bridge Suicide Prevention -Tolling Points (blog)


Oklahoma DOT seeks public input on new Active Transportation Plan -KTUL-TV

City of Asheville’s new Active Transportation Committee gets moving -AVL Today

Delray Beach, Florida rolls out preliminary $100 million long-term plan for bicyclists, pedestrians -Palm Beach Post

Costa Mesa installs crosswalk on Wilson Street, where a vigilante painted one last year -Daily Beat


TRB Webinar: Transportation for People with Disabilities and Older Adults in COVID-19 –TRB

Wildlife Crossings Improve Traffic Safety and May Protect Biodiversity -FHWA Public Roads


Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Business Development Grant Program To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems for Fiscal Year 2024 -Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Notice)

Renewable Energy Modernization Rule; Correction -Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (Proposed rule; correction)

Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations; Consistency Update for Maryland -EPA (Final rule)

Environmental News Highlights – January 3, 2024


New Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Issued -AASHTO Journal

On the Heels of New Industry Standard for EV Charging, FHWA Takes Key Step Toward Updating Federal Standards to Promote Innovation -FHWA (media release)



Overshadowed by electrification push, hydrogen gains steam in Nevada public transportation -Nevada Independent


Hydrogen Hubs Central to State Government Action in 2023 -Transport Topics


MassDOT Shifts Into High Gear for Statewide Network of EV Fast-Charging Stations –Hoodline


Plans to install EV charging stations are about to run into an ugly wall of permitting and utility delays -Route Fifty (Commentary)



California Air Resources Board to Delay Enforcement of Registration Requirements -Transport Topics

Transit Agencies Lay Groundwork for Zero Emission Bus Fleet Overhaul –Metro



Podcast: Wrapping up the Transportation Equity Series -AASHTO Journal


A new tool designed to put environmental justice on the map in Colorado has faced a rocky rollout -Colorado Public Radio


States Will Need Millions to Protect Affected Wetlands –Governing

Arkansas DOT Releases Traffic Management Plan Ahead Of 2024 Total Solar Eclipse -Arkansas DOT (media release)

Popular Ice Control Products Used at Airports Can Increase Phosphorus in Nearby Waterways -US Geological Survey (media release)


How One Photographer’s Daily Obsession With the Golden Gate Bridge Saves Lives -San Francisco Standard


Native American Translations Being Added To More US Road Signs To Promote Language, Awareness –AP


Social media platform to reunite owners with stolen bicycles -Newry Democrat


E-scooter firms set out to revolutionize transportation. Instead, many are collapsing. –Marketplace

From Rails to Trails, with Peter Harnik -Resources Radio (link to podcast)


On-Demand Microtransit Can’t Escape This Big Problem –CityLab


Bicycles Still Not ‘Intended’ On Roads, Illinois Supreme Court Finds -Chicago Patch


What Will It Take To Create A Bicycle-Friendly Los Angeles? –CityWatch


Wheels Up! Alaska’s Rural Air Service –TRB


Framework for Implementing Constructability Throughout Project Development from NEPA to Final Design –NCHRP

Incorporating Nondestructive Testing in Quality Assurance of Highway Pavement Construction: Conduct of Research Report -NCHRP

Incorporating Nondestructive Testing in Quality Assurance of Highway Pavement Construction: Manual. –NCHRP

Challenges and Opportunities Toward a Just Transition and Sustainable Development: Proceedings of a Workshop – in Brief -National Academies


Governing urban regions with a network of plans –Cities


The potential of emerging bio-based products to reduce environmental impacts -Nature



National Standards for Traffic Control Devices; the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways; Revision -FHWA (Final rule)

Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee; Public Meeting -Office of the Secretary, USDOT (Notice of public meeting)

Transportation Services for Individuals With Disabilities: ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities -USDOT {Extension of comment period)


California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Advanced Clean Cars II Regulations; Request for Waiver of Preemption; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Public Comment -EPA (Notice)


Air Plan Approval; Georgia; Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program -EPA (Proposed rule)


Water Quality Standards To Protect Aquatic Life in the Delaware River -EPA (Proposed rule)


National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Rubber Tire Manufacturing Amendments: Extension of Comment Period -EPA (Proposed rule)

Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee (AMSC), Eastern Great Lakes, Western New York Sub-Committee Vacancy -Coast Guard (Notice of availability of committee vacancy; solicitation for membership)


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Meeting for the Pier Wind Terminal Development Project at the Port of Long Beach, City of Long Beach and County of Los Angeles, California (SPL–2023–00720) -U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Future Floating Wind Energy Development Related to 2023 Leased Areas Offshore California -Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior (Notice; request for comments)

Safety Zone; South Fork Wind Farm Project Area, Outer Continental Shelf, Lease OCS–A 0517, Offshore Rhode Island, Atlantic Ocean -Coast Guard (Temporary interim rule and request for comments)


Notice of Teleconference Meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee -Office of the Secretary, Interior (Meeting notice)


Environmental News Highlights – December 20, 2023


USDOT Issues $645M in Rural Transportation Grants -AASHTO Journal

USDOT Issues ‘Safe Streets and Roads for All’ Grants -AASHTO Journal

Biden convenes national infrastructure advisory council as he looks to build resiliency -Spectrum News/AP

Who Will Manage the US Climate Retreat? –CityLab

An Answer to Our Transit Crisis -Philadelphia Citizen



A Historic Milestone: Ohio and New York Unveil First EV Charging Stations in U.S. -Motor Mouth

Researchers find SFO runways sinking faster compared to other coastal airports -KPIX-TV

FAA Addresses Resiliency in IIJA Aviation Programs but Lacks Data and a Framework for Prioritizing Climate Change Projects -USDOT Inspector General

General Motors and partners open first 17 locations of their national EV fast-charging network –Teslarati

Transportation, Infrastructure Move Toward Electrification -Government Technology



Impact in More Electric Vehicles Improve Air Quality for Everyone but Have Less Polluted Areas –UCLA

How to slash emissions across the U.S. economy, according to experts -PBS NewsHour


King County Metro’s vision for a sustainable, inclusive and innovative commuting experience -Intelligent Transport

Greyhound bus stops are valuable assets. Here’s who’s cashing in on them –CNN



Congressional Committees Eye Water Resources Act for 2024 -Transport Topics

For Cities, Going Green Is No Cure-All –CityLab


Cayuga Nation sues New York state, claims Thruway on reservation land -Finger Lakes Times

An Underground Lunch Delivery Train Comes to the Atlanta Suburbs –CityLab

Tennessee, North Carolina DOTs Release Mountain Byways E-Guide -Tennessee DOT (media release)

ATU Receives $500K for Trail Management Institute -Arkansas Tech University (media release)


Why are so many American pedestrians dying at night? -New York Times

Bethlehem to receive $10 million to revitalize Broad Street from heavy traffic passageway to pedestrian, biking corridor -Morning Call

Warning Systems To Prevent Drivers From Dooring Cyclists Announced by Ford and Volkswagen –Bicycling

San Diego eyes parking districts as a solution for transportation woes -KPBS-TV

New E-Bike Training Resources Come Online –CalBike

Cambridge, Massachusetts Mandated Separated Bike Lanes on Every New Road. Here’s How It’s Going –Velo


Elevating Equity in Transportation Decision Making: Recommendations for Federal Competitive Grant Programs -National Academies

TRB’s 4th International Conference on Access Management –TRB

How Highway Conversions Can Pave the Way for More Inclusive and Resilient Places -Urban Land Institute


Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Sustainable Transportation for Official Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel -GSA (Announcement)

Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE); Notice of Public Meeting -Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation (Notice)

National Boating Safety Advisory Committee; January 2024 Virtual Meeting -Coast Guard (Notice)

Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board -Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

Ozark National Scenic Riverways; Motorized Vessels -National Park Service (Final rule)

Determination of Eligibility for Consideration as Wilderness Areas, Congaree National Park -National Park Service (Notice)

Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 10 for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the U.S. States Central Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf – Proposed Sale Notice -Bureau of Ocean Energy (Notice; request for comments)

Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for Sunrise Wind, LLC’s Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Offshore New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island -Bureau of Ocean Energy (Notice)

Policy Regarding Processing Land Use Changes on Federally Acquired or Federally Conveyed Airport Land -FAA (Notice of final policy)

Policy Regarding Processing Land Use Changes on Federally Acquired or Federally Conveyed Airport Land; Correction -FAA (Notification of final policy; Correction)


Environmental News Highlights – December 13, 2023


Stop, Look, Listen: Engaging Communities to put Equity into Action -AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

FTA Offers $343M for Transit Accessibility Projects -AASHTO Journal

AASHTO Comments on FEMA Floodplain Rulemaking -AASHTO Journal

House Panel Advances PIPES Act, Targeting Pipeline Safety -Transport Topics

CEQ Announces New Net-Zero Government Initiative Countries Joining U.S. to Cut Climate Emissions from Government Operations -White House (media release)


Michigan governor directs state government vehicle fleet to go electric -Detroit News

Congress provided $7.5B for electric vehicle chargers. Built so far: Zero. -Politico

Massachusetts to Remove 8 Aging Dams for Water Quality, Flood Mitigation, Safety -AP

Virginia Approved Big Changes To Transportation Funding. Advocates Worry It’ll Hurt Transit And Bike Projects -DCist

Colorado Governor releases “Road Map to a Future Colorado 2026” focusing on housing, transportation -CBS News Colorado

New York MTA board approves congestion pricing plan -Spectrum News

As Hertz and Avis adopt EVs, airports like DFW race to expand electric grids -Fast Company


Florida declines $320 million in federal money for emissions program, claims overstepping authority -WOKV Radio

World carbon dioxide emissions increase again, driven by China, India and aviation -AP

Tweed New Haven Airport Expansion Takes Heat From Top Federal Health Official -CT Examiner

2 decades of air quality gains in western U.S. wiped out by wildfires -Tucson Sentinel

Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada on the Nexus between Transportation and Climate Change -USDOT (media release)


Center for Rural Pa. study shows issues getting transportation grants -The Bradford Era

Administration Unveils First-Ever Strategy to Advance Environmental Justice for Communities That Rely on the Ocean and Marine Resources -White House (media release)


What 400 years of Boston transit history tells us about the MBTA’s future -WGBH Radio


New underpass will allow bikers, pedestrians to safely cross popular Oconomowoc, Wisconsin highway -WDJT-TV

Proposal seeks to keep walkers moving, safe on Las Vegas Strip overpasses -Las Vegas Sun

Chicago Mayor, CDOT Cut Ribbon on Central Park Avenue Pedestrian and Bike Safety Improvement Project -City of Chicago

NYC approves new measure for citywide noise cameras to crackdown on loud cars -WABC-TV


Resilience Research Becoming a Bigger Part of Transportation Planning -TRB

Limitations to sustainable renewable jet fuels production attributed to cost than energy-water-food resource availability -Nature Communications


Travel Management; Administration of the Forest Transportation System; Post-decisional Administrative Review Process for Occupancy or Use of National Forest System Lands and Resources; Land Uses; Special Uses -Forest Service (Final rule)

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council -Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC and Northern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Pelto Area Abandonment ProjectFederal Energy Regulatory Commission (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – December 6, 2023


AASHTO Holds Winter Meeting on Public Transit Issues -AASHTO Journal

Tackling the Climate Crisis -Department of Interior

Transportation, Infrastructure Move Toward Electrification -Government Technology

Cities can achieve sustainability wins with micro transportation, green infrastructure and climate resilience planning -American City & County

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New Thought Leadership Series “Up, Up, and Away: Innovations in Advanced Air Mobility -FAA (media release)



Has the pandemic forever changed our walking habits? -Talking Michigan Transportation podcast



Hawaii DOT Helping with Emergency Stormwater Project -AASHTO Journal

Connecticut Moves To Soften EV Mandate –ClearTechnica

San Diegans love their cars. SANDAG wants employers to encourage a different way to commute –inewssource

Massachusetts launches ResilientCoast initiative -WCVB-TV

Detroit touts first wireless-charging public road for electric vehicles in US -Detroit Free Press

New York City redesigning thousands of intersections to make them safer for pedestrians -WCBS-TV



Railroads take on EPA’s pollution-reporting proposal –Freightwaves

Air pollution from heavy traffic can raise blood pressure, researchers say -Medical News Today

Reaching for air: How a historic mistake led to Salt Lake City’s pollution nightmare -KUER Radio/Salt Lake Tribune



Republicans’ EJ battle plan –Axios

Where Is Noise Pollution The Worst? Redlined Neighborhoods –Grist

Braille signage installed on all 8,400+ bus stops in Metro Vancouver, BC -TransLink (blog)

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Continues to Accelerate Environmental Justice in Disadvantaged Communities through the President’s Investing in America Agenda -White House (media release)



Florida’s coral reefs are recovering after record high ocean temperatures –NPR

Feds give grant to study wildlife crossings in Virginia -Cardinal News


NCDOT Seeks Entries for Yearly Aviation Art Contest -AASHTO Journal

Crossing paths: New photography project takes aim at the impacts of transportation on wildlife -Canadian Geographic

America’s last lighthouse keeper is retiring. She, and her light, are ready. -Christian Science Monitor

Honoring Native American Heritage Month -Voices for Public Transportation (blog)


DC could ban cars in 3 corridors and create pedestrian zones -WTOP Radio

Walkers and cyclists added to Nebraska’s road safety plan for the first time -Omaha World-Herald

Key stretch of Adirondack Rail Trail is complete between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid -Adirondack Explorer

Santa Barbara, California Public Library Helping People Try E-Bikes For Free -Yale Climate Connections

NTSB to Hold Summit on Pilot Mental Health -NTSB (media release)


Exploring the Future of Public Transportation Research: A National Online Dialogue –FTA


Fiscal Year 2024 Competitive Funding Opportunity: All Stations Accessibility Program -FTA (Notice of funding opportunity)

Notice of Availability and Extension of Comment Period for the Preliminary Designation of Certain Stormwater Discharges Within Two Watersheds in Los Angeles County, California Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water ActEPA (Notice)

Federal Land Managers’ Air Quality Related Values Work Group (FLAG); Draft Addendum to 2010 Phase 1 Report -Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service (Notice of availability)

Request for Information on the Coast Guard Implementation of a Western Alaska Oil Spill Planning Criteria Program -Coast Guard (Request for information)

Forest Service Manual 2000 National Forest Resource Management; Chapter 2040 National Forest System Monitoring -Forest Service (Notice of availability for public comment)

Notice of Availability of a Joint Record of Decision for the Proposed Empire Offshore Wind Projects -Bureau of Ocean Energy and National Marine Fisheries Service (Notice)

Decommissioning and Disposition of the National Historic Landmark Nuclear Ship Savannah; Notice of Site Visit -Maritime Administration (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – November 29, 2023


State DOTs Win Top Prizes in America’s Transportation Awards Competition -AASHTO Journal

Fifth National Climate Assessment -US Global Change Research Program

Biden administration proposes limiting environmental reviews to speed up renewables -The Hill

NYC Congestion Pricing Could Unleash a Transportation Revolution –CityLab

Most Americans still have to commute every day. Here’s how that experience has changed. -New York Times



How one city funds climate resilience, a dollar at a time -Route Fifty

Port of Seattle moves forward on electrification -National Fisherman

Retired Wind Turbine Blades Live on as Park Benches and Picnic Tables -Bloomberg Green

Minnesota’s Metro Transit Using Rainwater To Clean Buses At New Garage -KMSP-TV



So Thieves Nabbed Your Catalytic Converter. Here’s Where It Ended Up. -New York Times

Researchers Explore Hydrogen Power for Railways -Oak Ridge National Laboratory Review (pdf)


The best and worst states for green, equitable transportation -Route Fifty

L.A. Agencies Sign Equity in Infrastructure Project Pledge and Launch ‘California Plan’ -Los Angeles Sentinel

85% of Rural Residents Have Reasonable Access to Intercity Transportation; Lack of Reasonable Access Falls Disproportionately on Low-Income Households -Bureau of Transportation Statistics (media release)

FTA Announces Nearly $5 Million Funding Opportunity to Improve Transit Access for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Low-Income Individuals -FTA (media release)

EPA Announces $2 Billion to Fund Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants as Part of Investing in America Agenda -EPA (media release)



Truck hits Pennsylvania covered bridge that dates back to 1800s -WBAL-TV


San Diego votes to advance rolling back scooter laws after Bird pulls from city –KSWB

Chattanooga is reducing traffic lanes and adding bike lanes to more city streets -Chattanooga Times Free Press

Fighting loneliness with free transportation in Saco, Maine -WCSH-TV

Interactive map shows crash data between motorists and pedestrians, cyclists in Providence -Providence Business Journal

Commuter Dividend: The Economic Value of Commuters for City and Suburbs in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Region -Regional Plan Association


Methods to Manage Tree Growth Near Airports –ACRP

How New Corporate Environmental Standards Will Impact Airports –ACRP

TRB’s involvement in research on Resilience from 2021-2023 -TRB (pdf)

TRB Webinar: Sustainable and Low-Carbon Solutions for Asphalt Pavements –NCHRP

TRB Webinar: Accessible Floating Bus Stops –TRB

TRB Webinar: Advancing Equity in Travel Experience – The Role of Gender and Identity –TRB

TRB Webinar: Climate Resilient Design for Culverts and Pavements –TRB

Navigating the 4-day Commute: Redesigning Employee Shuttle Programs -Association for Commuter Transportation (webinar)

Should Cities Tax Uber and Lyft? –SSRN


Fiscal Year 2024 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program -FTA (Notice)

Safety Advisory 2023–07; Review and Implement New Predictive Weather Modeling and Proactive Safety Processes Across the National Rail Network To Prevent Weather-Related Accidents and Incidents -FRA (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement To Reconsider a Highway Right-of-Way Application and Associated Amendment of an Incidental Take Permit, Washington County, Utah -Fish and Wildlife Service (Notice of intent)

Adoption and Submittal of State Plans for Designated Facilities: Implementing Regulations Under Clean Air Act Section 111(d) -EPA (Final rule)

Release of Achieving Health and Environmental Protection Through EPA’s Meaningful Involvement Policy -EPA (Draft policy; Notice of availability)

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting -EPA (Notice)

White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Virtual Public Meeting -EPA (Notice)

National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) -EPA (Notice of meeting)

Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS); Meeting -EPA (Notification of public meeting)

Environmental Justice Scorecard -Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (Request for information)

Multi-Year Certificate of Documentation for Recreational Vessel Owners -Coast Guard (Final rule)

Recreational Boating Safety Projects, Programs, and Activities Funded Under Provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; Fiscal Year 2023 -Coast Guard (Notice)

National Boating Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies -Coast Guard (Request for applications)

Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board -Forest Service (Notice of meeting)